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Feel-good stories of humanity

Give yourself a lift with these heart-warming tales from around the globe.

Every day, people around the world are helping each other. It’s an instinct that shines through humanity time and time again. If you need a little reminder about the good in the world, check out these feel-good stories. You can also submit your own.

Good Samaritan drives 2000km to rescue stranded family

Photo: Supplied Daryn Melrose

The Melrose family were driving from Victoria to Darwin when their car broke down in Tennant Creek. On their way to compete in the national minnow sailing championships, David Melrose, his wife and two daughters were stranded with their car and two small boats, the daughters facing the disappointment of a year’s training going to waste. Rodney Smith was scrolling through Facebook when he saw their story, and despite being 1000km away in Darwin, he set out to pick up the stuck family. Rodney made the 2000km round trip in his four-wheel drive, getting the family (and their boats) to Darwin in time for the competition. “My daughters and I could not be more grateful for his efforts,” said David. “They got here on time and are hoping for podium finishes after their competitions.” See more »

History-making Aussies look back at their role in the moon landing

Photo: ABC Central West/Donal Sheil

“It was just a normal day’s work as far as we were concerned,” says Ben Lamb. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Ben, an electrician, and radio receiver David Cooke are humble about the important role they played in the historic event. Parkes Observatory was responsible for broadcasting feed of the moon landing because of its superior image quality. Their efforts were captured in 2000 film The Dish, and their legacy continues to inspire – local Parkes resident and space-obsessed 8-year-old Oscar says that he wanted to become an astrophysicist when he grows up, noting that “I think it’s really handy to have the dish in my town.” See more »

Athletes turn old shoes into new footwear for India’s children

Photo: handout

Radha is 14 years old and her journey to school is a 4km round trip. She frequently missed classes due to not having shoes – the trip was impossible in the summer heat. Thanks to a new initiative from athletes Shriyans Bhandari and Ramesh Dhami she now has her own pair of shoes – and her school attendance has improved as a result. More than 250 million people live below the poverty line in India, and tens of millions of children have no shoes. Shriyans and Ramesh have teamed up to create organisation Green Sole, which partners with organisations such as Adidas to take old or unsold shoes and remake them for children like Radha. Shriyans says that his “ambitious mission is now to make sure that every person in the country has a pair of shoes by 2023.” See more »

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High-schoolers give silent ovation for graduating student with sensory issues

Jack Higgins is one of Carmel High School’s most popular students, and a “wonderful member of our student community,” according to Principal Lou Riolo. Jack, who has autism and is non-verbal, graduated this week and his parents wanted him to be able to celebrate by walking across the stage with his peers – but were worried that the noise of the crowd would be too overwhelming for him. They didn’t need to worry. As Jack’s name was called and he approached the stage, the 2000 strong crowd was completely quiet. They gave Jack a silent standing ovation and many expressed their admiration with a silent clap or the ASL sign for applause. See more »

ICYMI: Students create Welcome Bags for refugee children

Photo: Australian Red Cross

Last week we shared a story on our Instagram about a group of Year 6 students in WA, who made ‘Welcome Bags’ for refugee children after attending a session run by our Migration Support team. The bags are printed with hand-designed images, and contain gifts and welcome letters. We’re positive they’ll make a big difference and can’t wait to start handing them out!

One bag says: “To be called a refugee is the opposite of an insult; it is a badge of strength, courage and victory.” We couldn’t say it any better.  See more »

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